SMP on a quad xeon MP box.



  • Hey there,

    Just a question to anyone out there who'se run SMP on this firewall, I've got a quad xeon mp box laying around, and i want to use it as a firewall right now, will this firewall run SMP out of the box? Or do I need to do anything to make it see the 8 procs that it really has.

    Thanks,

    Josh



  • @joshua:

    Hey there,

    Just a question to anyone out there who'se run SMP on this firewall, I've got a quad xeon mp box laying around, and i want to use it as a firewall right now, will this firewall run SMP out of the box? Or do I need to do anything to make it see the 8 procs that it really has.

    Thanks,

    Josh

    I think we enable SMP by default, but that's a serious waste of this box.  Use it for a server or something (btw, quad means 4, not 8).  I highly doubt FreeBSD takes good advantage of SMP for routing and I know that pf is still in giant lock, not a finer grained lock; you'd be better off buying a high speed single proc box.

    –Bill



  • yeah, it wouldn't just be for routing heh, of course it'd be doing other tasks, and these are xeon MP's, more like hyper threading than dual core, but still shows up as 8 heh

    thanks for the input

    Josh


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